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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP): A Step-by-step process to get nomination

AIPP is a fast-track immigration program that allows employers in Canada's four Atlantic provinces to hire foreign nationals.

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The federal and provincial governments want to hire 7000 or more immigrants by 2021.  As part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is designed to fill labour shortages in the Canadian Atlantic provinces: New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Read on to know more about the AIP Immigration program.

What is The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program?

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is a type of immigration program that allows employers in the Atlantic provinces of Canada to hire immigrants for jobs. You can also apply for permanent residence via this program.

Introduced in 2017, AIPP has two programs for skilled workers:

  • Atlantic High-Skilled Program: High-skilled workers must have work experience at National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill type level 0, A, or B.
  • Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program: Intermediate-skilled workers must have work experience at NOC skill level C, obtained from either inside or outside of Canada. 

It also has a program for international student graduates:

  • Atlantic International Graduate Program: Atlantic International Graduate Program is for international students who have a diploma or other related credentials from an Atlantic public educational institution.

Eligibility for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

The qualifying criteria for the Atlantic immigration pilot for Canada depend on the chosen program.

Atlantic immigration pilot has three programs.

  • The Atlantic High-Skilled Program
  • The Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
  • The Atlantic International Graduate Program

Each program has specific requirements that are given in the table below.

Eligibility criteria

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program (AISP)

Atlantic High-Skilled Program (AHSP)

Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)


Canadian high school diploma or equivalent Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

Two-year post-secondary diploma from a publicly funded learning institution in the Atlantic region, obtained within the 12 months before the submission of the application for permanent residence.

Skilled work experience

One year in a related field

One year in a related field


Language skills

CLB Level 4 for English or Niveau de compétence Linguistique Canadien for French

Provincial endorsement

Letter of endorsement


Full time


NOC 0, A, B or C

Full time

One-year contract

NOC 0, A or B

Full time

One-year contract

NOC 0, A, B or C

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Documentation for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Several documents are required for the AIPP. The documents differ according to the chosen programs. A few primary documents are needed for all.

The basic documents you will need are :

  • Valid passport
  • Test results for language skills (TEF or IELTS)
  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • Proof of funds
  • Medical certificate
  • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
  • Legit settlement plan
  • Employment letter
  • Certificate of Endorsement
  • Proof of payment

Additional documents :

  • Proof of experience (if needed)
  • Marriage license (if needed)

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Application Process for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Step 1: The candidate is connected to a settlement service provider by the employer. The said provider will now conduct a needs assessment service to decide on the settlement plan to be followed by the candidate and its family.

Step 2: The selected settlement plan is sent to the employer as well as the candidate.

Step 3: The employer completes the endorsement application and identifies a program that suits the work experience that the employee has. The job offer and settlement plan is submitted to the province.

Step 4: The candidate submits a completed permanent residency application to the IRCC. The required documents and endorsement letter is submitted along with it.

Step 5: The application is submitted, and if approved, the candidate and the people concerned can now move to Atlantic Canada.

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Cost of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program



Your application

Processing fee ($825) and right of permanent residence fee ($500)


Your application (without right of permanent residence fee)


Include your spouse or partner

Processing fee ($825) and right of permanent residence fee ($500)


Include your spouse or partner (without right of permanent residence fee)


Include a dependent child

225 (per child)


Note: Dependent children are exempt from paying the Right of Permanent Residence fee.

Biometrics fees


Biometrics (per person)


Biometrics (per family) (2 or more people)

Maximum fee for a family of 2 or more people applying at the same time and place


Processing Time: How long does it take to get PR through AIPP?

The processing time for AIPP applications is 6 months. The applicant must file the PR application within six months of getting the endorsement certificate. Employers that need to fill an immediate job vacancy have access to a temporary work permit, so the skilled immigrant can come and work right away while waiting for the application to be processed.

Note: In case the Permanent Residency Visa gets delayed, the applicant is granted a Temporary Work Permit (TWP) for a year.

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